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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 80: Planting Stories (The Life of Librarian & Storyteller Pura Belpre) by Anika Aldamuy Denise & Paola Escobar

The joy I get in reading with my daughter Norah is you learn about someone that you have never heard of before.  This is the case with the book, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar.

Pura Belpre was the first librarian of Puerto Rican descent in the New York City Public Library.  Planting Stories told a quick overview of her journey into becoming a librarian and storyteller that served the brown and black communities of New York City. She came to America in 1921 and started as a bilingual assistant. Her popular retellings of Puerto Rican folklore and puppetering made everyone feel welcomed at the library.

She was one of the first librarians to championed bilingual literature and expanded the range of the city’s librarian collection. Pura was an author and wrote one of the first Puerto Rican folktales published in English titled Juan Bobo and the Queen’s Necklace: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale. It was published in 1962.

I enjoyed reading Planting Stories and learning about Mrs. Belpre.  Also, the artwork by Paola Escobar was excellent, and I told Norah several times while reading the book how much I loved the illustration. I recommended Planting Stories for readers between the ages of 4-8. However, this book was good enough for a late 40s father to want to have for his own personal library. Pura Belpre was someone that deserves to be known to the wider reading public and the American culture at large.  Her contribution to literature was important and must be recognized as such.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 22: Little Dreamers by Vashti Harrison

            My 10-year-old daughter, Norah, was looking forward to reading this book together when she heard about it. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World by Vashti Harrison celebrates the contributions of women from all over the globe.  Untold stories of women in business, art, literature, architecture, and science reveals… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 5: Little Leaders-Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

My 9 year old daughter, Norah, wanted to read this one.  Again. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison celebrates the contributions of African-American women in American Society. Forty women were featured in the beautifully illustrated book from well-known names like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald, Maya Angelou, and… Continue Reading